Dracaena Leaves Turning Brown and Yellow

Hi Judy. I believe I have a Dracaena Carmen (although I once saw it referred to as a Dracaena Art Carmen) that is showing signs of distress (see photo; the “healthy” leaf are firm, dark green with a yellow stripe along each edge). Any idea what I’m doing wrong and how to remedy? I don’t know if it matters, but I recently moved from an almost 100% fluorescent office light interior office to an office with a south facing window that lets in plenty of indirect sunlight and a few hours of direct sunlight. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Hi Brady,


Dracaenas are low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron. plants that get bleached and damaged if any direct sun hits the leaves. So if it were my plant I’d move it further from the window perhaps into a corner protected from the sun. It also looks like you’re having an over-watering problem with your Dracaena. Are you allowing the soil to dry out before watering? Then there’s the issue of the leaf tip burn. Leaf tip burn on a Dracaena is usually caused by too much chlorine, fluoride, or salt in the water; or too much plant food. Never use water that has passed through a softener on houseplants. If your water has a lot of fluoride or chlorine, let it sit out over night before using it. Feed a dracaena monthly, only in the spring and summer. Always dilute your plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength.